Infection control and prevention training is vital to any organization providing emergency medical services. Action Training Systems’ (ATS) 3-title Infection Control & Prevention series provides a systematic understanding of bloodborne, airborne, and other diseases of concern to emergency responders.
These programs demonstrate how to minimize or prevent the spread of diseases through proper precautions and infection control practices, and how to mitigate an exposure to communicable diseases. As a series, it provides a comprehensive framework to help instructors fulfill initial and annual infection control requirements.
Teaches to: Content is based on standards and recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional sources include the National Institutes of Health, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) and the U.S. Fire Administration. Addresses topics in the NHTSA National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards (NEMSES) instructional guidelines for Preparatory (Workforce Safety & Wellness) and Medicine (Infectious Diseases).
An instructor’s PowerPoint presentation and question files can be purchased to use with this series. The instructor’s PowerPoint presentation contains an editable version that the instructor can customize with material such as department specific SOPs. This provides the instructor a professional looking presentation incorporating screen captures and bullet points from the ATS series. If PowerPoint software is not available to run the presentations, the provided PowerPoint viewer can be installed to play PowerPoint Slide Show versions of the presentations. These are not editable.
Create custom tests using the optional ATS Question File that matches this series. It contains 120 questions and must be used with the FITS Quiz Generator software program. Combining the ATS series with the ATS PowerPoint presentations and ATS Question Files, gives the instructor a potent training arsenal.
1 - Bloodborne Pathogens
Emergency responders are at risk of occupational exposure to blood or other body fluids during their care of patients in the pre-hospital field. Knowing how to manage this risk and what precautions to take are essential to responder safety. This program helps instructors fulfill the initial or annual training requirements mandated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) by providing an overview of the standard and describing how responders can minimize and protect themselves from exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Teaches to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030, Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, and includes information on the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act as well as the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act.
Presents types of bloodborne pathogens of concern to emergency care providers, including HBV, HCV and HIV. Reviews standards and requirements outlined in OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard. Presents standard precautions, safe work practices and engineering controls used to prevent or minimize the risk of occupational exposure. Demonstrates what actions to take after an exposure incident.
- To describe types of bloodborne pathogens
- To present standards and regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens as outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030
- To present implementation methods and controls to prevent or minimize exposure
- To demonstrate what to do if an exposure occurs
2 – Airborne Pathogens & Other Diseases
Emergency care providers are likely to encounter patients with communicable diseases. Airborne pathogens and other diseases can pose a risk to responders if they do not quickly recognize the signs and symptoms of disease and take proper precautions. This program describes the transmission, prevention, and signs and symptoms of the airborne, droplet and contact diseases that are a more common concern to the pre-hospital provider.
Information is included from the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection Standard, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act and guidelines, NEMSES instructional guidelines for Preparatory (Workforce Safety & Wellness) and Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Presents airborne pathogens of concern to emergency care providers, including TB, measles and chickenpox. Presents other diseases of concern to pre-hospital providers, including pertussis, meningitis, seasonal flu and MRSA. Presents the airborne precautions, droplet precautions and contact precautions that can be employed in addition to standard precautions. Demonstrates what actions to take after an exposure incident.
- Describes airborne pathogens
- Describes other diseases of concern to emergency responders
- Presents transmission-based precautions
- Demonstrates what to do if an exposure occurs
3 – Infection Control Practices
When caring for a patient, cleaning up a vehicle after transport, or waiting for the next call at the station, pre-hospital care providers must know the infection control practices they can use to protect themselves and others from communicable diseases.
This program introduces the common components of an Infection Control Program and explains how to break the chain of infection. Also demonstrated is how to prevent the spread of diseases in common areas, workplace facilities and vehicles as well as proper cleaning, disinfecting and disposal procedures.
Teaches to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030 Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, NFPA® 1581 Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, NEMSES instructional guidelines for Preparatory (Workforce Safety & Wellness) and Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and guidelines and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Introduces the common components of an Infection Control Program. Presents the chain of infection and how infection control practices break this chain. Demonstrates procedures to minimize the spread of diseases in workplace facilities and vehicles. Presents environmental controls, including proper cleaning, disinfecting and disposal procedures.
- Presents the common Infection Control Program components
- Presents how to break the chain of infection
- Demonstrates infection control procedures to follow in facilities and vehicles
- Demonstrates proper environmental control procedures.
Emergency Medical Responder Training -Instructor's Powerpoint Presentation
PowerPoint® course reference presentation for all 25 EMR titles.